Can Wind Power Provide More Electricity than the World Needs?

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that power supplies from turbines are set to be the next great energy revolution. Although wind power only accounts for 0.3% of the world’s energy currently it is thought that as costs fall and green policies rise that it will grow into a trillion-dollar industry. A major industry report from the IEA has claimed that ultimately wind power will have the potential to provide enough clean electricity for every person on earth 18 times over.

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The Role of AI Technology in the Renewable Energy Sector

Article | June 8, 2022

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are two of the most commonly used commercial phrases these days. As a result, companies across sectors are searching for methods to include them in order to optimize and automate their key operations. The energy sector is no exception! Indeed, throughout the years, renewable energy industries (wind, solar, hydro, nuclear) have substantially gained from the potential of machine learning. They were able to reduce their expenses, make better projections, and raise the rate of return on their portfolio. And this tendency is just going to gain momentum. If your company is in the energy industry or utilizes a lot of power, machine learning and AI can help you improve your business performance. But how precisely? Let's get started. Ways in Which AI and Machine Learning are Changing Energy Sector There are a few methods that machine learning and AI can be applied to positively improve the energy industry. Here are a few popular applications currently under development. Predictive Maintenance AI helps match energy output with demand and ensure power grid stability and resilience.In 2003, a low-hanging high-voltage electricity line hit an overgrown tree in Ohio, causing a widespread blackout. There was no power system alarm and no sign of the incident. The electric company didn't notice until three additional power lines failed. This carelessness ultimately brought down the whole grid. The 50 million-person blackout lasted two days. Eleven individuals died, and $6 billion was lost. Predictive maintenance can be implemented using machine learning and IoT Sensors gather operational time series data from electricity lines, equipment, and stations (data accompanied by a timestamp). Machine learning algorithms can then forecast when a component will fail (or n-steps). It can also anticipate machinery's remaining usable life or future breakdown. These algorithms detect machine failure, eliminate blackouts or downtimes, improve maintenance procedures, and reduce maintenance expenses. Grid Management Grid management is a promising AI application in energy. Complex networks distribute electricity to users (also known as the power grid). Generation and demand must always match in the electrical system. Other issues, like blackouts and system breakdowns, can occur. Despite being ancient, pumped hydroelectric storage is the most common way to store energy. It operates by moving water upwards and letting it fall into turbines. Renewable energy makes predicting the grid's power generation challenging. After all, it is affected by a variety of things, like sunlight and wind. Demand Response Large demand shifts can be expensive for nations that depend on renewable energy. As nations migrate to green energy, it's harder to adapt to demand fluctuations. Germany plans to use 80% renewable energy by 2050. Countries such as Germany will encounter two major challenges Demand fluctuations: On some days or times of the year, power consumption soars (on Christmas, for example) Weather volatility: Without wind or clear skies, it might be hard to meet electrical demand. In both circumstances, more stations or fossil fuel-powered facilities must meet demand Solving demand response issues Many nations are partnering with businesses to examine weather forecasts, power demand, etc. Germany's EWeLiNE project forecasts wind and solar energy at a specific moment. This enables the government to use non-renewable energy to meet additional power demand. They utilize enormous historical data sets to train machine learning algorithms, as well as data from wind turbines or solar panels, to properly balance supply and demand. Closing Lines AI increases the potential of humans. Several renewable energy producers are investing in artificial intelligence to boost their businesses.There are numerous uses of artificial intelligence in renewable energy. The fundamental purpose of AI integrated systems is to reduce forecasting issues and incorporate renewable energy into the central energy grid as effectively as possible. AI can also assist renewable energy providers in developing successful plans and policies based on present energy consumption and demand.

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Technologies Shaping the Future of Renewable Energy

Article | December 23, 2021

Introduction Renewable energy has transformed our planet. It's raised awareness of global warming and climate change. Both governments and ordinary people are seeking to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy because of this awareness. Technology's involvement in this revolution cannot be understated. Thought a few years ago that solar energy would power average houses in small communities. Thanks to the widespread manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, EVs will be the next big thing. Major Renewable Energy Technologies Transforming the Future Power-to-X Despite the name, this is not a conspiracy theory about global dominance. Modern technology converts electricity into synthetic fuels, thermal energy, and hydrogen. This breakthrough technology can minimize fossil fuel dependence by focusing on synthetic ones. It can also help with efficient storage solutions. Green Appliances and Machines Leading household appliance makers are launching solar-powered appliances. This is a wonderful start toward minimizing family power expenses. Many households have begun to invest in gadgets such as solar air conditioners. Distributed Generation Systems Several locations are experimenting with distributed generation. This reduces dependence on a centralized grid and simplifies transmission and distribution. It also reduces grid dependability and failures. Electrification Most European nations are actively electrifying to cut carbon emissions. This is not the same as a power supply. Rather, it implies developing assets and infrastructure that can shift and aid in the adoption of electricity. Providing public EV charging stations is a step towards electrification. Closing Lines Prominent private companies such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft have made significant commitments to renewable energy in recent years. While some governments are actively attempting to make the shift, others have yet to take environmental challenges such as global warming and climate change seriously. Technological breakthroughs are helping to make the transition to renewable energy greener, quicker, and more economical.

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Renewables find success in ‘black start’ experiment

Article | July 16, 2022

Have you ever thought about what would happen if a power station failed? Without electricity to bring itself back online, it would be near impossible for a station to begin operating again, like trying to set fire to paper without a flame. This scenario would quickly lead to widespread chaos, with hospitals and schools plunged into darkness, refrigeration, and sanitation seriously hampered and transport systems brought to a standstill. For these reasons (and many, many more), governments and electricity networks often have complex and rigorous plans in place to bring dead power stations back online at the earliest.

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Treasury Wine Estates To Install Thousands Of Solar Panels

Article | June 8, 2022

The company behind famous Australian wine brands including Penfolds and Wolf Blass is embracing solar energy in a big way. ASX-listed Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is one of the world’s largest wine companies and has an ambition to be the “world’s most admired premium wine company”. A powerful way to win consumer hearts, minds (and wallets) these days is to have a strong focus on sustainability. As part of its sustainability mission, wines in TWE’s portfolio will be produced using 100% renewable electricity by 2024. In a step towards this renewables goal in Australia, approximately 9,500 solar panels will be installed at Barossa Winery and Production Centre in South Australia, and Karadoc Winery in Victoria by the end of this year. Collectively, the solar panels will generate more than 5,500 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, enough to supply the equivalent of 900 homes. Total capacity wasn’t mentioned, but given the annual output, I’d estimate it at around 3.75 MW.

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Gazelle Wind Power Teams Up with Ferrofab FZE to Manufacture a Modular Gazelle Hybrid PlatformFERROFAB FZE

Gazelle Wind Power and FERROFAB FZE | August 08, 2022

Floating offshore wind platform developer Gazelle Wind Power (Gazelle) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ferrofab FZE (Ferrofab), a UAE-based engineering and manufacturing firm, to establish a Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the Ferrofab Jebel Ali facility in the UAE. This Center is being established to manufacture a Gazelle hybrid modular offshore wind platform, based on Gazelle’s proprietary technology, that can be scaled to support any make and model of wind turbines, including models upwards of 20MW. “Ferrofab has a reputation for engineering, manufacturing, and execution that is needed to bring our technology to the market at the pace we need to address climate change, While many offshore wind projects originate from the oil and gas industry, Gazelle’s hybrid floating platform is designed solely to accelerate the development of the offshore wind industry and contribute to reducing the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE). Having a collaborator with experience in both sectors will allow us to deploy our solution and hasten the move to net-zero successfully.” -Gazelle CEO Jon Salazar. Ferrofab boasts a total of 800,000 square feet of state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Jebel Ali, which is located approximately 40 km southwest of Dubai. The company has extensive experience in engineering and manufacturing offshore and onshore process equipment and structures for the wind, oil, and gas industries, which will be leveraged to accelerate the manufacturing process for Gazelle’s floating wind platforms and the assembly and distribution to ports worldwide. “Based on our past experience in manufacturing offshore structures, Gazelle’s unique floating platform technology is on track to spur the needed evolution of the offshore wind industry, With its innovative design and modular components, the deployment of this solution will be a revolutionary step in the production of renewable energy.” -Johan Moraes, Executive Director of Ferrofab FZE Over the past year, Gazelle has been lining up top-performing partners, all leaders within their respective industries, to advance the implementation of the company’s unparalleled floating platform system, including MOUs previously signed with VCE, Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group, and Maersk Supply Service. Gazelle also successfully completed its first-ever crowdfunding campaign and named four additional industry leaders to its board of directors. Gazelle’s unique hybrid floating wind platform splits the ‘two classical functions’ of buoyancy and stability for a lighter and more agile platform than current market designs and boasts the advantage of faster deployment in deeper waters. About Gazelle Wind Power Gazelle Wind Power Limited is unlocking the massive deep-water offshore wind market to achieve global decarbonisation. The company’s durable, disruptive hybrid floating platform with a high stability attenuated pitch surmounts the current barriers of buoyancy and geographic limitations while reducing costs and preserving fragile marine environments. The company is based in Dublin and has a presence in Dubai, London, Madrid, Paris, and Texas. For more information, visit www.gazellewindpower.com. About Ferrofab FZE Ferrofab is a global leader and a trusted name in the field of engineering and manufacturing. The company offers a full range of activities in matters of modular static and process equipment, well-testing equipment, and special dish head forming. With the endeavor toward self-development and increasing its portfolio of work, Ferrofab’s vision is to be known globally for "Engineering Excellence.” Learn more at www.ferrofab.com.

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RWE successful in New York Bight offshore lease auction in the U.S.

RWE Renewables | February 28, 2022

RWE Renewables, one of the globally leading companies in offshore wind announced its success in the New York Bight offshore lease auction in the U.S. Through the joint venture 'Bight Wind LLC', RWE secured area OCS-A 0539 with a winning bid of $1.1 billion. The awarded seabed has the potential to host 3 gigawatts (MW) of capacity, enough to power 1.1 million U.S. homes. The project is expected to be in operation toward the end of the decade. The auction consisted of six leases, a record in the U.S. for the most leases available in a single auction. Under the auction, format bidders were limited to winning one lease area only. A winning bid provides the rights to develop the lease area and to participate in upcoming New York state offtake auctions, the first of which is expected later this year. Sven Utermöhlen, CEO Offshore Wind of RWE Renewables: "Winning a lease in the New York auction is a significant move for us as it marks RWE's entry into the U.S. offshore wind market, one of our key strategic markets. Our success in this auction means an important step on the road to tripling our offshore wind capacity to 8 gigawatts by 2030, as part of our 'Growing Green' growth and investment programme. Now we're looking forward to developing our first offshore wind project in the U.S. and to contribute to the region's offshore build-out targets." We are thrilled to be joining the U.S. offshore wind industry. This is an important first step to building our long-term offshore wind business in the U.S. I look forward to working with our great team, our partners and vendors, and the local communities to support the region's climate goals by producing affordable, clean energy while creating good local jobs and private investment in New York and New Jersey." Sam Eaton, RWE Senior Vice President, Offshore Development Americas The next step for RWE to fully meet requirements is to engage in community outreach with local tribes, the fishing industry and other ocean users; engage with the domestic supply chain to create new local jobs and private investments; and also enter into project labour agreements to pay laborers at prevailing wage rates. Offshore wind will be critical for the U.S., particularly in the Northeast, to reduce the region's carbon emissions and meet climate goals, including New York state's target of bringing 9,000 MW of offshore wind online by 2035 and New Jersey's target of delivering 7,500 MWs of offshore wind by 2035. Importantly, the region's clean energy goals will also deliver significant new jobs and private investment to support the growth of the region's economy. RWE is one of the world's leading companies in offshore wind, active across the entire value chain, from project conception and development to construction as well as operation and maintenance. The unparalleled expertise the company has earned over the last 20 years has resulted in 17 wind farms in operation. The company recently finished successfully the installation of all turbines of the 857 MW offshore wind farm Triton Knoll off the English Coast. Two more projects, the 342 MW project Kaskasi, off the German island Heligoland, and the 1.4 GW project Sofia, one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, are currently under construction.

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Amshore Names New Renewable Energy Vice President of Development

Amshore | February 23, 2022

Amshore, a renewable energy development leader, announced the promotion of senior project developer Aaron Young to the role of Vice President of Development. In his new role, Aaron leads the development strategy, execution and team focused on helping utility companies and independent power producers expand their renewable energy projects throughout North America. Aaron joined Amshore in 2014 and has developed and assisted in the development and construction of key projects throughout the country. Over the last 20 years, Amshore has originated and developed solar and wind energy facilities generating 2.9 gigawatts of power covering over a half a million acres. We continue to invest in our team and capabilities as a leading renewable energy developer to help our valued clients. With his in-the-field renewable energy development experience and his history at our company, Aaron will continue to deliver results for our clients and help shape the future of Amshore as we grow and expand.” Deana Strunk, Owner, Amshore “Development is at the core of one of the most exciting industries within the energy sector—renewable energy,” said Young. “Our highest priority is helping our clients and partners bring clean power to the world. I look forward to leading our team as we continue to invest in our renewable development services.” Aaron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wind Energy with a concentration in project development from Texas Tech University. About Amshore Amshore Renewable Energy specializes in developing sustainable energy solutions for utility companies and independent power producers looking to expand their renewable energy projects throughout North America. Amshore has originated and developed solar and wind energy facilities generating 2.9 gigawatts of power covering over a half a million acres, and the company offers advanced energy management control and novel energy storage systems. Established in 2002, Amshore is based in the Dallas, Texas, area.

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Gazelle Wind Power Teams Up with Ferrofab FZE to Manufacture a Modular Gazelle Hybrid PlatformFERROFAB FZE

Gazelle Wind Power and FERROFAB FZE | August 08, 2022

Floating offshore wind platform developer Gazelle Wind Power (Gazelle) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ferrofab FZE (Ferrofab), a UAE-based engineering and manufacturing firm, to establish a Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the Ferrofab Jebel Ali facility in the UAE. This Center is being established to manufacture a Gazelle hybrid modular offshore wind platform, based on Gazelle’s proprietary technology, that can be scaled to support any make and model of wind turbines, including models upwards of 20MW. “Ferrofab has a reputation for engineering, manufacturing, and execution that is needed to bring our technology to the market at the pace we need to address climate change, While many offshore wind projects originate from the oil and gas industry, Gazelle’s hybrid floating platform is designed solely to accelerate the development of the offshore wind industry and contribute to reducing the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE). Having a collaborator with experience in both sectors will allow us to deploy our solution and hasten the move to net-zero successfully.” -Gazelle CEO Jon Salazar. Ferrofab boasts a total of 800,000 square feet of state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Jebel Ali, which is located approximately 40 km southwest of Dubai. The company has extensive experience in engineering and manufacturing offshore and onshore process equipment and structures for the wind, oil, and gas industries, which will be leveraged to accelerate the manufacturing process for Gazelle’s floating wind platforms and the assembly and distribution to ports worldwide. “Based on our past experience in manufacturing offshore structures, Gazelle’s unique floating platform technology is on track to spur the needed evolution of the offshore wind industry, With its innovative design and modular components, the deployment of this solution will be a revolutionary step in the production of renewable energy.” -Johan Moraes, Executive Director of Ferrofab FZE Over the past year, Gazelle has been lining up top-performing partners, all leaders within their respective industries, to advance the implementation of the company’s unparalleled floating platform system, including MOUs previously signed with VCE, Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group, and Maersk Supply Service. Gazelle also successfully completed its first-ever crowdfunding campaign and named four additional industry leaders to its board of directors. Gazelle’s unique hybrid floating wind platform splits the ‘two classical functions’ of buoyancy and stability for a lighter and more agile platform than current market designs and boasts the advantage of faster deployment in deeper waters. About Gazelle Wind Power Gazelle Wind Power Limited is unlocking the massive deep-water offshore wind market to achieve global decarbonisation. The company’s durable, disruptive hybrid floating platform with a high stability attenuated pitch surmounts the current barriers of buoyancy and geographic limitations while reducing costs and preserving fragile marine environments. The company is based in Dublin and has a presence in Dubai, London, Madrid, Paris, and Texas. For more information, visit www.gazellewindpower.com. About Ferrofab FZE Ferrofab is a global leader and a trusted name in the field of engineering and manufacturing. The company offers a full range of activities in matters of modular static and process equipment, well-testing equipment, and special dish head forming. With the endeavor toward self-development and increasing its portfolio of work, Ferrofab’s vision is to be known globally for "Engineering Excellence.” Learn more at www.ferrofab.com.

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RWE successful in New York Bight offshore lease auction in the U.S.

RWE Renewables | February 28, 2022

RWE Renewables, one of the globally leading companies in offshore wind announced its success in the New York Bight offshore lease auction in the U.S. Through the joint venture 'Bight Wind LLC', RWE secured area OCS-A 0539 with a winning bid of $1.1 billion. The awarded seabed has the potential to host 3 gigawatts (MW) of capacity, enough to power 1.1 million U.S. homes. The project is expected to be in operation toward the end of the decade. The auction consisted of six leases, a record in the U.S. for the most leases available in a single auction. Under the auction, format bidders were limited to winning one lease area only. A winning bid provides the rights to develop the lease area and to participate in upcoming New York state offtake auctions, the first of which is expected later this year. Sven Utermöhlen, CEO Offshore Wind of RWE Renewables: "Winning a lease in the New York auction is a significant move for us as it marks RWE's entry into the U.S. offshore wind market, one of our key strategic markets. Our success in this auction means an important step on the road to tripling our offshore wind capacity to 8 gigawatts by 2030, as part of our 'Growing Green' growth and investment programme. Now we're looking forward to developing our first offshore wind project in the U.S. and to contribute to the region's offshore build-out targets." We are thrilled to be joining the U.S. offshore wind industry. This is an important first step to building our long-term offshore wind business in the U.S. I look forward to working with our great team, our partners and vendors, and the local communities to support the region's climate goals by producing affordable, clean energy while creating good local jobs and private investment in New York and New Jersey." Sam Eaton, RWE Senior Vice President, Offshore Development Americas The next step for RWE to fully meet requirements is to engage in community outreach with local tribes, the fishing industry and other ocean users; engage with the domestic supply chain to create new local jobs and private investments; and also enter into project labour agreements to pay laborers at prevailing wage rates. Offshore wind will be critical for the U.S., particularly in the Northeast, to reduce the region's carbon emissions and meet climate goals, including New York state's target of bringing 9,000 MW of offshore wind online by 2035 and New Jersey's target of delivering 7,500 MWs of offshore wind by 2035. Importantly, the region's clean energy goals will also deliver significant new jobs and private investment to support the growth of the region's economy. RWE is one of the world's leading companies in offshore wind, active across the entire value chain, from project conception and development to construction as well as operation and maintenance. The unparalleled expertise the company has earned over the last 20 years has resulted in 17 wind farms in operation. The company recently finished successfully the installation of all turbines of the 857 MW offshore wind farm Triton Knoll off the English Coast. Two more projects, the 342 MW project Kaskasi, off the German island Heligoland, and the 1.4 GW project Sofia, one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, are currently under construction.

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Amshore Names New Renewable Energy Vice President of Development

Amshore | February 23, 2022

Amshore, a renewable energy development leader, announced the promotion of senior project developer Aaron Young to the role of Vice President of Development. In his new role, Aaron leads the development strategy, execution and team focused on helping utility companies and independent power producers expand their renewable energy projects throughout North America. Aaron joined Amshore in 2014 and has developed and assisted in the development and construction of key projects throughout the country. Over the last 20 years, Amshore has originated and developed solar and wind energy facilities generating 2.9 gigawatts of power covering over a half a million acres. We continue to invest in our team and capabilities as a leading renewable energy developer to help our valued clients. With his in-the-field renewable energy development experience and his history at our company, Aaron will continue to deliver results for our clients and help shape the future of Amshore as we grow and expand.” Deana Strunk, Owner, Amshore “Development is at the core of one of the most exciting industries within the energy sector—renewable energy,” said Young. “Our highest priority is helping our clients and partners bring clean power to the world. I look forward to leading our team as we continue to invest in our renewable development services.” Aaron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wind Energy with a concentration in project development from Texas Tech University. About Amshore Amshore Renewable Energy specializes in developing sustainable energy solutions for utility companies and independent power producers looking to expand their renewable energy projects throughout North America. Amshore has originated and developed solar and wind energy facilities generating 2.9 gigawatts of power covering over a half a million acres, and the company offers advanced energy management control and novel energy storage systems. Established in 2002, Amshore is based in the Dallas, Texas, area.

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